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meeting Oct. 17-18, hosted by First Congregational
Church of Ann Arbor. The association has resumed its
traditional two-day format, after years of doing oneday annual meetings. This year’s meeting, like last year’s
two-day conference at Sutton’s Bay Congregational
Church, was deemed a great success.
In addition to the business meeting—led by the
association’s moderator, the rev. John Doud, Arbor
Grove Congregational Church, Jackson, Mich.—the
event featured three special presentations:
• A Friday evening program by Dr. Michele Johns
on “Church Hymnody.” Explored, considered,
and sang from the diverse hymns and text of the
New Century Hymnal and Hymns for a Pilgrim
People (edited by the rev. Cynthia Bacon of
Heritage Congregational Church, Madison, Wis.).
• A performance, later on Friday evening, by Our
Own Thing Chorale, led by founder and director
Willis Patterson, a University of Michigan
professor emeritus. The culturally diverse chorale is
committed to preserving and performingAfricanAmerican spirituals and traditional contemporary
• Saturday morning’s keynote address, “Religious
Liberty in the United States: Then and Now,” by
Christopher lund, J.D. Lund addressed the everchanging legal climate of religiosity in America
from the Revolutionary era to today, touching on
the meaning of prayer in public places, and the
place of political conversations in churches.
Altogether 53 people (17 ministers and 36 lay
delegates) represented 21 churches on Friday, and
59 people (19 clergy, 40 lay) represented 23 churches
on Saturday. Five other churches sent voting proxies
through churches that attended.
SWIM INtO CAl-WESt COMPlEtE—The CalWest Association received into membership the six
churches of the Southwest Inter-Mountain Fellowship
of Churches upon the latter’s formal dissolution.
“Six churches from SWIM requested church
membership in Cal-West in May and the Association
granted it. They are: Community Church of Warren,
Bisbee, Arizona; Congregational Church of Sun
City, Arizona; Congregational Church of the Valley,
Chandler, Arizona; Old Stone Congregational Church,
Lyons, Colorado; Community Congregational Church,
Big Piney, Wyoming; [and] First Congregational
Church, Salt Lake City, Utah,” reported The Cal-West
Congregationalist in its Autumn 2014 edition.
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breaking the awestruck silence that filled the vehicle.
I nodded in agreement.
“Found” by a relational God who chooses to interact
with us personally: That is the Lord we serve.
But, it doesn’t matter how much I like something.
If nobody uses it, it’s useless. So before you announce
anything, make it easy for people to get involved.
Kristen Schuyler, at 19 years old,
is in her first year at Messiah College
in Mechanicsburg, Pa. She grew up in
Manville, N.J., and has attended the
Congregational Church of Bound Brook,
N. J., since she was in elementary school.
First, take the time to plan a few projects yourself.
Second, take some more time and build a useful
collection of notes, checklists, and attachments so that
when people join, they can see the benefits right away.
Third, introduce it as an experiment: “It’s free. We’re
going to try it out for three months. If it doesn’t work
as well as we hope, we can always ditch it and we’re not
out a penny.” Follow those three guidelines and your
church just might gain a tool that people actually use.